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Richard Esling

Monday, May 28, 2018

Written by Richard Esling

Wine Tourism Comes to Sussex

Wine Tourism Comes to Sussex

Wine Tourism comes to Sussex
 


For those of us fortunate enough to live in the beautiful, sunny counties of Sussex, it is impossible not to be impressed by the number of vineyards popping-up at what seems to be ever-increasing speed. From the far west of the region around Chichester,...
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Richard Esling

Monday, May 21, 2018

Written by Richard Esling

The Love-Hate Relationship with Chardonnay

The Love-Hate Relationship with Chardonnay
Chardonnay is perhaps one of the most mis-understood of all wines, which is somewhat ironic as it is produced in virtually every wine-making region of the world. Sometimes it is forgotten that it is actually a grape variety as opposed to a wine, although many wines carry the name of...
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Richard Esling

Monday, May 14, 2018

Written by Richard Esling

The Changing World of Wine

The Changing World of Wine

The Wine World Continues to Change


There is an old French saying, which goes “Plus ca change, plus c’est la même chose”, which roughly means ‘the more it changes, the more it stays the same’. This erudite expression can be applied to many things - such as Governments...
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Richard Esling

Monday, April 16, 2018

Written by Richard Esling

Malbec - an Intriguing Grape Variety

Malbec - an Intriguing Grape Variety

Bordeaux Inhabitant finds new home in South America
 


This could have been a headline in the mid-nineteenth century, when people from many European countries were flocking to the New World to take advantage of the opportunities there. However, it applies not just to people, but also to other items...
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Richard Esling

Monday, April 02, 2018

Written by Richard Esling

Arundel Wine Society Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Arundel Wine Society Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Arundel Wine Society Celebrates Fifth Birthday

As the world of wine seemingly gets more complex and confusing day by day, particularly in this country which imports wine from every conceivable wine producing region of the planet, wine education of one sort or another is becoming ever more popular. Whether...
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Richard Esling

Monday, March 26, 2018

Written by Richard Esling

Take a new Look at Sancerre

Take a new Look at Sancerre

Try the Elegant Wines of Sancerre
 


The Christmas festivities are now but a fading memory, we’ve done battle with the ‘Beast from the East’, the daffodils are well and truly out and the buds are beginning to burst. Spring at last, and with it comes more celebrations in...
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Richard Esling

Monday, March 12, 2018

Written by Richard Esling

Interesting New Spanish Wine Regions

Interesting New Spanish Wine Regions

Look Out for the Delicious New Spanish Wines


A couple of weeks back, I wrote about a group of very authentic Spanish restaurants in London called Iberica, well worth a visit when you're up in town. I also mentioned how Spanish wine has re - invented itself in...
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Richard Esling

Monday, March 05, 2018

Written by Richard Esling

Wine, Women and Secateurs

Wine, Women and Secateurs

Wine, Women and Secateurs


Did it all start with Madame Clicquot? Perhaps, but even she had a tough time and, rather than operating under her own name when her husband died in 1805, she had to carry on as 'The Widow Clicquot'. Nevertheless, she was the first woman...
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Richard Esling

Monday, February 19, 2018

Written by Richard Esling

A Little bit of Spain in the Centre of London!

A Little bit of Spain in the Centre of London!

An Authentic Spanish Experience on Your Doorstep


The hubbub of the busy tapas bar surrounded me in a friendly, comforting atmosphere, as I sipped a top quality bone-dry manzanilla sherry, accompanied by the best Iberico ham that money can buy, freshly cut in front of me. The Spanish barman...
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Richard Esling

Monday, February 12, 2018

Written by Richard Esling

Wines to Fuel Your Passion

Wines to Fuel Your Passion
Wines to Fuel Your Passion

Despite the best efforts of our dear American President to convince us otherwise, 'Fake Noos' may not be such a new thing. When it comes to Saint Valentine and the origins of this much celebrated day of romanticism, there is much controversy as...
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Richard Esling

Monday, February 05, 2018

Written by Richard Esling

Burgundy Not Only Shines, but it Sparkles Too!

Burgundy Not Only Shines, but it Sparkles Too!
There are two great wine regions of the world which vie with each other for first place in the World Wine Stakes. These are Bordeaux and Burgundy, both in France, still the central planet of the wine universe, one in the west and one in the east. My wife comes...
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Richard Esling

Monday, January 22, 2018

Written by Richard Esling

End of Dry January in Sight

End of Dry January in Sight
For those of you who have done 'dry January', well done! I salute your forbearance and will-power which is far greater than my own. Having been a member of the wine trade for quite a long time, my congratulations are, understandably, somewhat muted. Wine needs to be consumed to make...
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Richard Esling

Monday, January 15, 2018

Written by Richard Esling

Care Needed with Wines of Similar Names

Care Needed with Wines of Similar Names
It's one of those debates which will probably carry on forever. Is varietal labelling a good thing or a bad thing and is region of production, or even producer, far more important? I even have arguments with myself over the question. On the one hand, labelling a wine 'Chardonnay', can...
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Richard Esling

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

Chilean Wines give Burgundy a Run for its Money

Chilean Wines give Burgundy a Run for its Money
Wines from Chile give Burgundy a Run for its Money

Time was we used to consider Chilean wine as quaffable, inexpensive, 'everyday' wine, albeit well-made and packing a considerable amount of fruity flavour. And indeed, there is a very large amount of wine still produced in that country which is...
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Richard Esling

Monday, September 25, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

Superior Sparkling Wines from the Loire Valley

Superior Sparkling Wines from the Loire Valley
High Quality Sparkling Wines from Saumur’s last Independent Producer.
'Infinitely Loire'. Such is the leading statement on the website of a producer of top quality sparkling wines in the Loire Valley. The company is called Louis de Grenelle, known more often as Caves de Grenelle, and is located in the heart...
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Richard Esling

Monday, September 11, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

Restaurant Wine Lists

Restaurant Wine Lists
Restaurant Wine Lists Should be Both Affordable and Interesting
Last week, I was invited to a fascinating evening at the Institute of Masters of Wine in London. The event was designed to launch the Institute’s 9th International Symposium called ‘Living Wine’, which will take place in June 2018, in Logrono...
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Richard Esling

Monday, September 04, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

The Vexed Question of Varietal Labelling

The Vexed Question of Varietal Labelling
Wine Labels are not just about looking pretty.
Choosing a bottle of wine from the shelves of your local wine store or supermarket is not always an easy task. If you know exactly what you’re looking for, then there’s no problem – provided it is in stock. But looking for something...
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Richard Esling

Monday, August 28, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

English Wine on the Up.

English Wine on the Up.
English Wine in the Ascendancy
Another very successful Arundel Festival has just come to a close, when thousands of visitors had the opportunity to enjoy the many events and exhibitions which took place over the ten-day festival. For the third year running, a number of wine events were run by...
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Richard Esling

Monday, August 21, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

National Burger Day! Of course........!

National Burger Day! Of course........!
Choose your wine for National Burger Day!

Are you ready for one of the year's great culinary events which takes place this week? Perhaps you have been looking forward to it for weeks, or maybe you've never even heard of it. Shame on you, since this Thursday 24th August is...
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Richard Esling

Monday, August 14, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

Lobster and Taittinger - a perfect pairing

Lobster and Taittinger - a perfect pairing
Lobster and Champagne – Just find an excuse!
When it comes to food and wine, there are certain things that just seem right together. Beef and horseradish, lamb and mint, fish and chips are some of the incontrovertible food pairings. But with food and wine together, there are also some pairings...
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Richard Esling

Monday, August 07, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

The Pros and Cons of a Glass of Wine

The Pros and Cons of a Glass of Wine
The Benefits and Risks of a Glass of Wine
A report in the International drinks trade magazine 'The Drinks Business' reads "A 29-year study into the effects of alcohol and dementia has found that older adults who consume alcohol on a regular basis are more likely to live to the age...
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Richard Esling

Monday, July 31, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

Summer Rose

Summer Rose
Perfect Wines for a Less than Perfect Summer
August is here and our Mediterranean style summer has transformed itself into the normal English Summer. It had to happen of course. The one thing you know for sure is that as soon as the kids break up the weather will be...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

Unexpected California

Unexpected California
Unexpected California

What do you normally think of when you hear the words 'Californian Wines'? Depending on what your taste profile is, the answer can be somewhat different. At the lower end of the market, there are some ranges of easy drinking, relatively characterless white, red and rosé...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

Explore a Different Part of Burgundy

Explore a Different Part of Burgundy
Time to Explore a Different Part of Burgundy
Summer's here and holidays are around the corner. If you've not yet booked, or are off on one of those 'take pot luck' driving holidays in Europe, and you enjoy a glass of wine or two, head for the hills of Burgundy. An...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

Vinexpo

Vinexpo
Bordeaux International Wine Fair is Huge Success
Last week saw the 19th International Wine Fair called Vinexpo take place in Bordeaux. A 'trade only' event, it happens every other year and is probably the largest, and certainly the most important, event of its kind in the world. The size of...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

Sicilian Wines

Sicilian Wines
Sunshine in a bottle - the wines of Sicily

Open a bottle of chilled Sicilian white - or red for that matter - and you can almost feel the sunshine that has ripened the grapes to produce these delicious and eminently affordable wines. Sicily is the largest island in the...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

Sherry for Your Picnic

Sherry for Your Picnic
Sherry can make an interesting picnic wine

With mid-Summer's day just around the corner, it's time to make the most of the sunshine, find the picnic rug at the back of the cupboard, put the folding chairs and table in the boot and pack the picnic basket. The...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

Summer Wines from M&S

Summer Wines from M&S
Line-up for Summer Wines from M&S
Summer has come early, or at least it had last week. May is traditionally a month of ups and downs as regards the weather in this country, and this year it has certainly been true to form. Earlier in the month we had...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

Blending Wine

Blending Wine
Great Skill is needed for Blending Wine

Often misunderstood by the consumer as a technique in winemaking, blending is one of the greatest and most versatile of tools in the oenologist's, or wine-maker's, armoury. The reasons why wines, or grape varieties, are blended are many and differ according...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

New English Vineyard Planted at Mannings Heath, Sussex

New English Vineyard Planted at Mannings Heath, Sussex
38,000 vines planted. 962,000 to go.
Underlining the exponential growth of English wine, particularly the sparkling variety, the UK wine industry recently announced that one million vines are expected to be planted in 2017. An astonishing number, but a little less since last week when 38,000 vines were planted in...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

Hungary for Cabernet Franc

Hungary for Cabernet Franc
Hungary for Cabernet Franc
No, it's not a spelling mistake in the title. The red grape variety Cabernet Franc is making a bit of a name for itself in a country which, more recently, has been more known for its delicious sweet wines from Tokaij and some rather variable reds -...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

A New look at Muscadet

A New look at Muscadet
Muscadet Re-invents Itself.
The French dry white wine produced in the Western Loire valley, not far from the Atlantic Coast, has been around for a long time, not just in France but also on the UK market. It's one of those wines which wine-drinkers of 'a certain age' remember alongside...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

An Alternative to Champagne

An Alternative to Champagne
The Alternative to Champagne - and it's Not Prosecco.
Last week (March 2017) saw a gathering of sparkling wine producers at a tasting in London, determined show that the (more affordable) alternative to champagne does not have to always be Prosecco, despite what the marketers would have you believe. This was...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

Contains Sulphites - Friend or Foe?

Contains Sulphites - Friend or Foe?
"Contains Sulphites" Friend or Foe?

Words to strike the fear if God into you or superfluous information? Well, neither actually. It is a legal requirement that wines that contain sulphites must show the fact on the label. Since all wines contain sulphites, all wines have this information on...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

Great Value Wines from The Wine Society

Great Value Wines from The Wine Society
Drinkable Wines can be Found Under £6 per bottle
The vexed and eternal question of "how much do you have to pay to get a decent bottle of wine?" The question itself is not as straight forward as it may seem, since it depends on A, what is your definition of...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

Champagne Best for Celebrations

Champagne Best for Celebrations
Champagne the best for Celebrations.
 A headline in the Wine Trade Press caught my eye recently, concerning the plight, or otherwise, of champagne. Latest import figures for the UK showed that the quantity was down by some 3 million bottles, a ‘not insignificant quantity’ as John Major would have said. The...
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Richard Esling

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

Calvados and Apple Pie......!

Calvados and Apple Pie......!
Keep away the Winter Blues with a little Apple Brandy

Mid-January and the end of year celebrations already seem like a distant memory. Winter weather is truly here and the first signs of Spring may still be a long way off, as we sit and look out at cold, grey skies...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

Hop across the Channel for a little Re-stocking

Hop across the Channel for a little Re-stocking
Hop across the channel for a little re-stocking

Assuming that your only acknowledgement to 'Dry January' is to avoid sweet wines, now is the perfect time for a hop across the channel to re-stock the 'cellar', which has been ransacked and pillaged over the last few weeks. Living in the...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Written by Richard Esling

70 Burgundy Wines Served by the Glass

70 Burgundy Wines Served by the Glass
70 Burgundy Wines Served by the Glass

Every year in the third week of November, the most famous wine auction in the world takes place in Burgundy. This is the wine sale at the Hospices de Beaune and this year was no exception. Founded in 1443, the...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Written by Richard Esling

Family of XII Adopted by Arundel Wine Society

Family of XII Adopted by Arundel Wine Society
Family of 12 Adopted by Arundel Wine Society
Much as the members of Arundel Wine Society support many of the local charities, this event was nothing to do with social services, but about a family of wine companies. In 2005, twelve of New Zealand’s most prestigious and enduring wineries got...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Written by Richard Esling

2 Star Michelin Chef Franck Putelat favours wines from Languedoc

2 Star Michelin Chef Franck Putelat favours wines from Languedoc
2 Star Michelin Chef Franck Putelat favours Wines from Languedoc

One of the most iconic fortified cities in South-west France is Carcassonne, located 60 miles south-west of Toulouse and about 50 miles inland from the Mediterranean. As you approach the old historic part of the city, it is...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Written by Richard Esling

A Taste of the Future at Cité du Vin, Bordeaux

A Taste of the Future at Cité du Vin, Bordeaux
A Taste of the Future at Bordeaux’s Cité du Vin

If you ever needed another excuse to visit the fabulous city of Bordeaux (as if!), then this is it. The Cité du Vin opened its doors in June this year, the culmination of a huge project of three...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Written by Richard Esling

The Golden Hills of Burgundy

The Golden Hills of Burgundy
The Golden Hills of Burgundy

Last week I was visiting vineyards in Burgundy, where some of the best, and most expensive, wines of the world are made. The Central area of the Burgundian vineyards is called the 'Cote d'Or' literally translated as 'The Golden Hill'. This name...
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Richard Esling

Monday, January 11, 2016

Written by Richard Esling

Domaine de Ferrant - new agency launched January 2016

Domaine de Ferrant - new agency launched January 2016
Domaine de Ferrant in the heart of the Cotes de Duras region is exclusively represented on the UK market by WineWyse as from January 2016.
The 13 hectares of vineyards produce great...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Written by Richard Esling

More awards for Champagne de Barfontarc

More awards for Champagne de Barfontarc

Further recognition of the tremendous quality and value for money of the champagnes from de Barfontarc was seen recently when awards were announced at the London Wine Fair in...
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Richard Esling

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Written by Richard Esling

Champagne Barfontarc a hit with consumers

Champagne Barfontarc a hit with consumers
Champagne de Barfontarc was launched on the UK market at a consumer tasting on Saturday 3rd May in Arundel, West Sussex. The tasting of a range of champagnes from...
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Richard Esling

Monday, April 28, 2014

Written by Richard Esling

Champagne Barfontarc Blanc de Noirs gets Silver Medal

Champagne Barfontarc Blanc de Noirs gets Silver Medal
At a recent tasting in London of Pinot Noir wines from around the world,  Champagne de Barfontarc was awarded a Silver Medal for its Blanc de Noirs. The Global...
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